A wooden floor makes an elegant, beautiful statement to any home. But over time, wood flooring can lose its sheen and start to look worn. What is the best way to refinish a wooden floor?
Remove Carpet Adhesive
The first step is to remove the carpet. Then use a sander to remove the top layer of carpet adhesive. If you do not have your own sander, stop by your local home improvement shop and rent a sander for the day or the weekend. Sanding and refinishing a floor is a laborious task that takes quite some practice to get right, but if you are willing to put in the work, the end result will be well worth it.
As well as using a floor sander, you will also need an edge sander so that you can get to hard to reach areas of the floor such as close to walls and in corners. Once you have removed the old floor covering, replace the floor sanders with coarse sandpaper to cut through the glue that once held the carpet to the floor. Continue to sand the floor to remove the glue.
Level Uneven Floors
According to the Better Homes and Gardens Contributing Editor Danny Lipford, and the author of Refinish Wood Flooring, using solvents to remove the glue is not the best solution, as the solvents would penetrate into the cracks between the floorboards. Uneven floors take a little extra work. Continue to sand in a diagonal direction, to level the floor, and then sand in the direction of the grain of the wood.
Once you have sanded the floor and ensured it is all level, you will need to add the finishing touches. Fill in the cracks between the boards by using sanding dust and lacquer sealer. Adding sanding dust in the filler will ensure that it matches the wood. Let the filler dry and then sand it once more to remove any excess filler from the surface of the wood. Stain the wooden floor and then add a finish to the wood. Semi-gloss adds more shine than a satin finish and it does not come with the same high maintenance of a gloss finish.
A refinished wooden floor that has been done right will look and feel like new. Take your time during the sanding process, level uneven floors and then add the finishing touches for a beautiful, refinished product.
Refinish Wood Flooring, by Danny Lipford